News and Reports
Looking back on the 2014 Season
Stocking Loch Earn
Ten thousand brown trout were stocked in the 2014 fishing season averaging between 16ozs and 32ozs almost 6 tonnes in total weight.
Stockings took place on 4th March, 11th March, 16th April, 26th June and the 16th July.
The average weight stocked in 2014 was 1lb 3¾ ozs.
The following table shows the average catch per visit to Loch Earn over the past ten years.
This is information supplied by Associate Member Season Ticket holders and includes all fish caught.
The table alongside gives the % of returns we receive back from our Associate Member Season Ticket holders.
YEAR AVE NO OF FISH CAUGHT YEAR % OF CATCH RETURNS
2005 4.8 2005 4.9%
2006 5.7 2006 3.9%
2007 8.5 2007 6.7%
2008 7.5 2008 6.4%
2009 9.0 2009 3.7%
2010 11.2 2010 0.6%
2011 6.8 2011 7.2%
2012 4.5 2012 5.6%
2013 6.5 2013 4.4%
2014 4.3 2014 3.6%
Catch Returns Fishing Season 2014
Catch returns this year were back again at 3.6% compared to 4.4% in 2013. We still need more.
Please remember when sending in your returns to include your name and address on the form, just in case you are a winner!!
Speaking of winners, this years recipient of the 10yr old Glenturret Malt Whisky goes to Jim McKenzie from Stirling. He was first out of the hat for this years prize draw. Congratulations Jim.
As Season Ticket holders you averaged just under 23 days fishing this season which means you have saved a whopping £100!!.
Please try to spend a few minutes after each trip and log in what you have taken and also returned.
The format of the return form now allows you to enter the number and weight of each species of fish killed and also to enter the number, species and approximate weight of fish returned, as well as what they were taken on. This will give us more meaningful data as quite a number of anglers return all their fish, whilst others keep one or two and return the remainder and some will take their limit and return none.
The information you supply is important, so please as many returns back before 31st October 2015 and you will be entered into our prize draw.
This years information represented 137 days fishing effort where a total of 589 fish were landed giving an average catch per visit of 4.3 fish compared to 6.5 fish in 2013, 4.5 fish in 2012, 6.8 fish in 2011, 11.2 fish in 2010, 9.0 fish for 2009, 7.5fish for 2008, 8.5 fish for 2007, 5.7 fish in 2006 and 4.8 fish for 2005.
By species, 505 brown trout, 80 rainbow trout, 1 charr and 3 eels made up the total numbers taken.
The total weight caught was 957lbs 8ozs giving an average of 1lb 10oz.
Breaking these numbers down further :
149 brownies were killed for a total weight of 224 lbs (ave wt 1lbs 8ozs) and 335 were returned for a total weight of 396lbs 2ozs (ave wt 1lb 1¾ozs)
63 rainbow trout were killed for a total weight of 311lbs 2ozs (ave wt 4lbs 15ozs)
17 rainbow trout were returned for a total weight of 18½lbs (ave wt 1lb 1¾ozs)
1 charr was killed for a total weight of 1lb ( ave wt. 1lb )
One angler registered 3 eels for approx.. 6lbs 12ozs and were returned.
Anglers should be aware that it is a criminal offence to intentionally fish for eels
The Freshwater Fish Conservation (Prohibition on Fishing for Eels)(Scotland) Regulations 2008 makes it an offence to fish for or take eels of the species Anguilla Anguilla (any method at any time) except under the authority of a licence granted by Scottish Ministers.
Q. What if I accidently catch an eel whilst fishing?
A. Anglers will not be prosecuted under the Scottish conservation regulation if they catch an eel inadvertently while fishing for other species.
Q. What should I do with an eel if I do catch one?
A. If you accidently catch an eel you should try to release it without removing it from the water, or, failing that to return it to the water as soon as possible. It is important to release the eel immediately to reduce the chance of entanglement with the line.
Q. How should I handle an eel?
A. Eels are difficult to handle but are very robust and can normally be held firmly without damage. Use a wet glove, or wet landing net (or similar) to improve grip. Avoid using any dry material to improve grip as this will strip mucus from the eel and expose it to subsequent infection. If the hook can be readily removed from the eel this should be done at once. However, eels frequently swallow hooks and in these cases there is no option but to cut the line, as short as possible, before release.
Total fish killed was 212 ( 36% of total ) and fish returned 377 ( 64% of total )
Another interesting statistic for this past season is the percentage catch per species with brown trout 85.6% and rainbow trout 13.6%
A significant decrease in the number of rainbow trout in the water in 2014 would indicate that there had been an improvement in the containment at the fish farm this year although the fish which had escaped were of a significantly higher average weight.
For the avoidance of any doubt Loch Earn Fishings only stocks Loch Earn with triploid Brown Trout.
Heaviest rainbow reported in season 2014 was a 17lbs 4ozs specimen taken by Associate Member Season ticket holder Matthew Devlin from Dunfermline
Associate Member Season Ticket holder Matt Devlin from Dunfermline out in his own boat in Ardveich Bay on the 23rd September 2014 took this huge rainbow after seeing it moving in the shallower water between the Fish Farm and the Fish Farm Exclusion Zone Fence.A cocktail of Power Bait and maggots ledgered close to the bottom eventually lured the big fish in.took about ten minutes to get the fish under control as Matt was only using 4lbs bs line.As you can see from the photo he was struggling to hold this, his best ever fish.
Heaviest brown trout reported in season 2014 was a 17lbs 2ozs specimen taken by Associate Membership Season Ticket Holder Dougie Lawrie from Motherwell out fishing in his own boat “ Dreamcatcher “ on the 8th September 2014 along with a gang of dachshunds.
Dougie was fishing his favourite lure the 12g Zebra Toby when the huge fish struck in the shallows of Ardveich Bay. It took a full twenty minutes to get the fish under control
This super char at a shade under 2lbs was the best reported in season 2014 and was taken by Ryan McShane from Carluke out fishing in his Dad's boat " Jo-Casey " fishing Ardveich Bay on the 5th May 2014.A good number around the ¾lb - 1lb mark were also caught and returned.
Some of the char that were caught this season.
During May & especially June quite a number of char were taken from boats trolling lures some as large as rapalas.
A good number of these fish were in the range ¾lb – 1lb
These fish and other catches are available to view on our website www.drummondtroutfarm.co.uk
If you do catch a decent fish or a nice basket of fish or something unusual let us know and we will put your pictures into the gallery on our website along with details of weights, numbers, how you caught your fish and where about. Send your pictures as a jpeg attachment and details of your catch to firstname.lastname@example.org
Angling Clubs also had their fair share of success.
20th May West of Scotland AC 24 Browns 15lbs 10ozs 4 Boats
7th June St. Mungo AC 41 Browns (21 killed) 19lbs 1oz 7 Boats
28th June St. Mungo AC 18 Browns (13 killed) 12lbs 2ozs 4 Boats
29th June Laurencekirk & DAA 16 Browns ( all returned ) 4 Boats
1st July SPRA(West)AS 36Browns/2 Rainbow ( 25 killed ) 6 Boats
IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ
Consultation on Byelaws
The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park is carrying out a consultation on possible byelaws to regulate irresponsible behaviour and camping but at the same time investing in more formal provision for camping, caravans and motor homes. It is important that everyone who uses or proposes to use Loch Earn takes time to find out about the proposals and responds. The consultation closes on Monday 12 January 2015 and you can respond in a number of ways.
Online Consultation: www.thisisyourpark.org.uk
Emailing the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park: email@example.com
Call: 01389 722600 (ask for the Your Park team)
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
Carrochan, Carrochan Road, Balloch, G83 8EG
Lochearn Fishings view on the proposals
The byelaws should not deter anglers or angling and we feel that regulating anti-social behaviour will make Loch Earn a more pleasant fishing destination. We are responding to the consultation and are broadly supportive but have concerns about how the regulations will impact on the keen angler. Take for example someone who buys a permit with the intention of fishing the evening rise, resting then fishing early in the morning. Under the current proposals resting in the car or in a simple bivouac would be breaking the proposed byelaws. We urge you to make your views known.
What is happening in 2015?
The consultation closes on 12 January 2015. The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park will write a report with recommendations which will to go to a Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Board Meeting probably in March. The decision of the Park Board will then go to Scottish Ministers to be worked up into legislation which will require further consultation. Realistically this means that bylaws will not be in place until 2016. The behaviour of Loch users during 2015 may have some impact on the final legislation so please encourage responsible behaviour on the Loch side.
Caravans and Motor Homes
Laybys on roads are provided to offer an opportunity to those driving to take a rest in order to improve safety. People can also make use of laybys as part of day visits to enjoy all that an area has to offer. The practice of long term encampments by caravans and motorhomes prevents the laybys being used for the purpose they were intended.
Passing places are not laybys and should only be used for the purposes of passing or overtaking – Highway Code rule 156.
There is an understanding that short overnight stops in laybys may be required but long stay parking of caravans and motorhomes in laybys or on verges for any more than 3 nights will not be permitted and action will be taken by Police Scotland and/or the land owner where appropriate.
Caravans and motorhomes will not be permitted overnight in the layby at Derry point - also known as the Horseshoe Layby.
Where caravans are overnighting in laybys consideration should be given to the risks of vehicles being parked closely together. To prevent the spread of fire, touring caravans and motorhomes should be parked with at least 6 metres between caravan walls and at least 3 metres of distance between associated equipment (e.g. car, awning etc,) and adjacent caravans or motorhomes
The above provisions are intended to improve the experience for as many users as possible. Local Communities, landowners, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority, Police Scotland and Local Authorities are working to make everyone’s visit enjoyable.
Extended stays in caravans or motorhomes around the loch
will result in withdrawal of a persons season ticket without compensation
Drummond Estate Boat Hire
The boat hire cabin stocks a range of fishing tackle including rods for sale/ hire, bait and daily/weekly fishing permits. There is also a hot drinks machine. Seasoned firewood logs and coal are available to buy for those colder days/evenings or when the midges are on the go!!
The slipway built in 2004 has proved very popular with boat owners and provides a sheltered launching facility for both pleasure and fishing vessels.
Slipway Charges :
Day Launch for Fishing Boats / small craft + light capacity outboards : £10
* Day Launch for Larger craft, ski boats + high capacity outboards : £15
(* must have third party insurance )
Season Launch (Fishing boats / small craft + light capacity outboards) : £130
*Season Launch ( Larger craft, ski boats + high capacity outboards ) : £165
Season 15th March to 6th October inclusive
Please note that personal watercraft ie jetskis and jet bikes will not be launched from this facility
Season Launch (15th March to 6th October)
+ Storage from 15th March 2015 until 6th October 2015 on hard standing at Drummond Fish Farm : £230
Season Launch (15th March to 6th October)+ Storage from 15th March 2015 until 14th March 2016 on hard standing at DrummondFish Farm : £385
Drummond Fish Farm Caravan Park (Certified Location)
This is the stunning view from the pitches on our caravan site in Ardveich Bay.As you can see there are spectacular views over Loch Earn and the hills in the distance.